Alison Brumwell is a freelance education and literacy consultant and qualified librarian based in the UK. She holds dual Canadian and UK citizenship and worked in publishing prior to relocating to the UK in 1995. She is an active CILIP member and currently serves as Chair Elect of CILIP's Youth Libraries Group. She was regional judge on CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal jury from 2011-2014 and will be Chair in 2019. She is also Librarian Advisor for African Educational Trust, London, and has been involved in outreach in Eastern Uganda since 2011. She is passionate about children's and youth reader development.